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Foo Fighters and others to honor Tom Petty as MusiCares person of the year


Foo Fighters are among the many acts who will take part in an all-star benefit concert honoring Tom Petty as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year. The event will take place on February 10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the weekend of the Grammy Awards. Also confirmed for the show are Kings Of Leon, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Jeff Lynne, Randy Newman and Norah Jones, with additional acts still to be announced. Petty will close out the evening with a performance leading theHeartbreakers.

Following the demise of Nirvana in 1994, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl played drums for the Heartbreakers at a few shows, with Petty formally asking him to join the band. But Grohl declined and chose instead to pursue what became Foo Fighters: "I always have played guitar and have always written music on my own and would just make demo tapes and record in my basement studio for fun, and was horribly embarrassed with my voice and never really confident with my playing. After Nirvana was finished I thought, you know, I'm too young to become a studio session drummer, I might as well go try my hand at actually singing and playing guitar. And it worked out."

  • Foo Fighters have been on hiatus since November 2015, but Grohl has done some solo gigs recently and hinted at working on new material, while the Foos performed at a private charity concert in Los Angeles last month.
  • Founded in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides assistance for musicians in times of need. The concert serves as a fundraising event.
  • MusiCares's services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. Each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

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CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of Foo Fighters in concert last year performing Tom Petty's "Breakdown"

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